As Co-Director of Redbrick Properties, my role is to oversee the running of the company, which I do with a certain amount of delegation, mixed in with a portion of guidance to our capable and committed staff. It would be very easy to just sit back and bark orders, and to be honest this isn’t really my thing, so I roll my sleeves up and get stuck in where my skills will allow me to do so effectively.
If our staff need support, I am there; and as I have built this business up from scratch, along with my Co-Director, Mark, there is nothing in this company that I do not know how to deal with, so you will regularly find me signing up tenants, paying contractors, or just making sure we are all constantly supplied with coffee and tea.
I''ve got Leeds Metropolitan University to thank for my arrival, as a fresh faced teenager, eager to commence my degree course in the early 1990s. Prior to this North Shields was where I lived out my childhood with my fantastic parents and my brother Carl.
North Shields is an old fishing port located at the mouth of the Tyne, around 7 miles from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
University Life grounded me for the journey beyond. My first job was in banking which convinced me this was not the career path I wanted, sitting behind a desk all day number crunching!
I wanted a career which was rewarding in the sense that with the correct vision you can formulate your dreams, as long as you have a business plan and a dedicated business partner (Matt).
Over ten years in as Director of Redbrick, I''m as passionate as the first day when we picked up the keys for our first lease, a first floor office above our good friends, Castlehill Estate Agents.
The role of a director of a letting agent has changed drastically over this period. With more importance being put on marketing and various options for company advertising means a knowledge insight in social media is required. This is coupled with being an enthusiastic salesperson, with an astute legal mind set and at times an attentive mediator between landlord and tenant.
Bottom line this evolving business model is what drives me to grow the business, but at the same time looking after number one - the customer.
Outside of Redbrick my passions are playing footie, maybe driven by sheer will rather than skill these days. Also I would say an occasional runner in the sense of one marathon, two half marathon and a few trail races over the years.
I also enjoy listening to music of most genres, jazz being one of the exceptions but that pleasure may come when I''m in my 50s!
Live music especially is something I''ve gone out of the way to see, from Kraftwerk at Manchester''s Velodrome to The Foals at The Faversham, and even Underworld in Moscow! Best venue well has to be the Brudenell Social Club in Hyde Park, Leeds.
Also worth a mention I follow Newcastle United, I''ll only mention my highlights to St James Park, 3-2 v Barcelona in The Champions League (1997- Tino hat trick) and a 5-2 victory against Leeds in opening day to the old Division Two (1989- Micky Quinn 4 goals!).
Home life is with my wife Sandra and our son's Hector & Ernie, in a Yorkshire stone property in the ever popular Horsforth area of Leeds, which is ideally set up for families and a gateway to the Dales. My area description sounds like one of Redbrick’s property descriptions!
Anyway back to business, I’ve enjoyed scribbling down my "description" on a Northern Line train to Hebden Bridge!
Leaving school back in the early 90’s I started my career in hairdressing however after a few years training and becoming fully qualified I found that I wanted more out of my life. I decided one day to enrol in a IT course which would give me the valuable tools to work within a office environment.
Within that course I had to do a two week office placement of my choice. I choose an Estate Agent!. That was the start of my career within the property sector which I love even to this day.
Over the last 20+ years my career has taken me through the sales, acquisitions, lettings and management side of the industry. Every part of my career path has made me love it more and more.
Working my way up the career ladder in every department allowed me learn and absorb every aspect which has now lead me to Redbrick Properties.
Now married with two wonderful boys Jack and Stanley and finding this brilliant company I am extremely excited what the next chapter of my life will take me.
My role at Redbrick Properties is Maintenance Manager dealing with all maintenance from minor issues to full property refurbishment, whilst liaising with tenants, landlords and contractors.
My aim is to build a Maintenance Department that tenants and landlords alike are have 100% confidence in, whilst delivering quality work within guaranteed timescales.
I am straight forward, approachable and even though I say it myself, have really good sense of humour (ask my Director about the wolf''s head in the toilet).
I like a bargain and love my car boot sales nearly as much as my grandchildren.
My life is family and work, anything else that comes along is a bonus.
I''ve travelled, been to many faraway places and even then checked up on work from abroad. Sad, but this makes me tick and keeps me happy.
In my opinion, if you do what makes you happy and find a job you are still passionate about after 30 years, I must be doing something right. 30 years is a long time in an industry that can be thankless and frustrating at times, but it’s never dull. Roll on the next 30 years!